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A country in Western Europe, bordering Belgium, Germany and the North Sea.

Netherlands flag, from Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country in Western Europe, bordered by to the South, to the east, and by the North Sea to the North-West. The main language is Dutch.

The Netherlands is sometimes referred to as Holland, which is actually only a part of it. The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Netherlands proper and several oversea territories.

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The Netherlands consists out of 12 provinces. A province can be seen as a county. The 12 provinces are the following (including the capital cities):

Noord-Holland may be better know for Netherlands main capital city . Zuid-Holland may be better know for .